Newcastle’s Creativity Simply Hopeless This Season – Fact


There’s a really good article out by NUFCSTATS, a Newcastle fan, a couple of days ago in EPLINDEX, where you get all the stats of both the players and the Premier league sides, and it points out the woeful creativity of Newcastle United this season.

Demba Ba’s handball goal at Reading the only one form set piece this season

If we eliminate the hand-ball goal that Demba Ba scored at Reading, Newcastle are the only side in the Premier League not to have scored from a set play this season.

And that’s so disappointing, because last summer, that was an area that manager Alan Pardew said he wanted to remedy by bringing in a goal scoring center-back, but that goal scoring center-back has yet to arrive on the banks of the River Tyne.

Maybe in January?

The two players who create more chances per game than any others in the Newcastle side are – not surprisingly – our two excellent French Internationals – Ben Arfa (1.9) and Yohan Cabaye (1.8), and the next player at Newcastle to create most chances in a game, is Vurnon Anita at 1.1, which is really surprising.

And when you see that Leighton Baines of Everton is top of the league in terms of chances created per game with 4.2 –  even our top two chance creators are low down on the totem pole.

And that may be why a certain Papiss Cisse is struggling to score goals this season, as we see far too many time high balls lofted in the penalty box and we don’t have Andy Carroll any longer – so what’s the point.

Newcastle are 9th out of 20 Premier League teams in terms of total chances created, but Sunderland are much lower in that league table, and it’s not surprising, since they have real difficulty in scoring goals.

But even Sunderland may have cracked the code, after scoring 3 goals last weekend at Fulham in a good 3-1 win.

Not only are the results disappointing this season for Newcastle, but our overall play and ability to create good chances is also less than stellar.

But the good news has to be that there’s only one way to go – and that’s up.

That’s true – isn’t it? 😀

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217 comments so far

  • toonking

    Nov 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    well it is getting so hard to pick a team now with injuries so big as for formation 4-4-2 seems the only choice we have unless we gamble
    the team i would say will be done to tomorrow
    _________krul_____
    simmo_willo_saylor_santon
    sammy_tiote_anita_jonas
    ____cisse___ba______

    if i were to choose i would go
    ________krul
    simmo_willo_saylor_santon
    ____tiote___bigi
    sammy__________jonas
    ______ba__cisse__

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  • Super Magpie

    Nov 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Mignolet 😆 😆 😆

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  • ginkoh

    Nov 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    No surprise at all, we play 2 DMC in 4-4-2 formation. Waste 2 players out wide and nobody link with striker at all. With our squad we should play 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2 like last season. We don’t need old fashioned winger.

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  • AMEOBI

    Nov 24, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Kets,
    On take me out I bet you’re into Lois, you poor sod

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    When did we ever play 4-3-1-2 last season..? 😐

    We played it against Aston Villa this season, and it didn’t work.

    Everyone seems to think it’s all about formation… The problem is just as much down to the awful awful lack of movement from every player barring Hatem. No one wants the ball, and eventually it goes back to Simpson or Williamson or Taylor who whack it long.

    Ba said that they spend lots of time in training working on NOT playing long balls and instead retaining possession, but they clearly don’t work on it well enough.

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  • toonking

    Nov 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #6

    the way 4231 should have been done was this
    _______krul
    Raylor_colo_saylor_santon
    ____cabaye___ tiote
    ________hba_______
    obatan___________jonas
    ______cisse
    setting up like this gives the speed of the wingers HBA and cabaye can do the play through the middle tiote would have been used well at preventing play of the opposition while both FB were able to attack and cisse does what he does best score

    sadly it won’t be able to happen now as raylor is out for season and cabaye could be missing till newyear

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 24, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #7

    If only we had signed Paul Scharner in the summer we would be fine now. Isn’t that right Kets.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #8

    And I think sunderlands code cracking might need a little work…

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #9

    @ED – are you becoming a negger?

    This season was always going to be disappointing, I think where we are is about pards for the course.

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  • toonking

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #10

    i think some of the thing which might be reasons as to why this season has been so poor are
    ba wanted to be made the CF not wide while cisse did not deserve to be dropped from CF after his goal tally.
    HBA i am sure pardew wanted him to be more defensive on the wing as well as aggressive
    jonas played in CDM tiote being totally defensive probably ruined HBA and cabayes link up play and give HBA little option with passes because cabaye was made to play LW, tiote always stays infront of defenders and the forward are waiting in the box leaving HBA to either cross which i think is not what he likes so dribbles

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #11

    we are top of the hoof ball league at a time when most managers are trying to play football i.e. liverpool and wba

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Steve Clerk is a excellent coach, just look at how WBA ‘Cheap” Players are playing. Almost world class passing.

    Wish Newcastle players can thread a few passes before giving the ball away.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    At least there is some good news around!!!!

    Scum are losing 0-2 to WBA lol

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #14

    3 WBA players = 1 Newcastle players Value.

    But Newcastle team cant stick passes together as a team. What is wrong with the training session?

    WBA players ON and OFF the ball movement, just look at it. Sunderland players on the ball was asking who can i pass to. But WBA player was passing the ball around like at home like nobody business.

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  • AMEOBI

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #15

    I look at West Brom, Odemwingie has been outstanding today, the rest have been top quality. Looking at Ridgewell thinking now he’d of been a good signing for us, anyone agree?

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16

    I think is more of an overall team effort that bring this Strengh and Believe to the squad.

    Sunderland just like Us, depends solely on Induv effort and Special Finishing.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Not forgetting Corners and Free Kicks, which they just Score from. (Special Free Kick, not going to get every week end)

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s worth pointing out that we did have more possession than Swansea last week. Teams just know that if they sit back we simply cannot break them down – then if they catch us on the break, our defenders run like tortoises.

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Penalty at stadium of plight
    1 – 3 WBA

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  • AMEOBI

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Gettin Brom! 3-1 killed the mackems

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Terrible dive there…

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  • Graeme

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #22

    It gets better – scum 1 – 3 lol and still 10 mins to go.

    GO WBA lol

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #23

    West Brom are playing a lot better football than we did last season and derserve to be in Europe if they keep this up

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  • AMEOBI

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Tds,
    Can you complain? Haha

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Our players is lacking of CONFIDENCE, COMPOSURE on the BALL. When Closing down,

    Newcastle players will just Clear it NO matter the situation. (Or was it, the training Instruction? It pump it up, and let a “Michael Owen” chase after it)

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  • nick_9

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #26

    West brom play some quick passing football, we always take a second on the ball and have no options. Just watching then and they have made about ten passes in next to no time. Their players move out with the ball and always give an option. Surely we can play better with the likes of tiote, cabaye, Anita, Ben Arfa, colo and cisse. Cisse would have it easy in the west brom team, they can split open a Defense with once quick ball, they did I against us on several occasions but Lukaku couldn’t beat krul.

    Just had a look at the eplindex and the only noticeable differences in the stats I saw was defensive errors was once every 80 minutes compared to 270 odd last season and clear cut chance conversion was down from 48% to 24%. Two very telling stats. I haven’t seen the stats for chances created but if we are ninth then that is surprising, I would have thought we would be lower. Does lumping it in the box count as a chance created? Or a bad cross?

    Sunderland seem just as unhappy as us as fans at the moment. If it wasn’t for us losing those last two home games we would be looking at the league table much differently but performers are always very telling.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Oh dear – 2-3 !!!

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #28

    1st was FreeKicks (Special) then was Corner. That was it.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #29

    On Thursday, in the first half, Krul was throwing it out (and very quickly) to Newcastle players every single time he got it.

    Then after the break, he went back to (aimlessly) booting it up field.

    It MUST be an instruction from the manager, else he would simply send a message to Krul to stop.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #30

    WBA as a team will close Sunderland down. That its!

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Unless it was another Stupid Free Kick or stuff.

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Scum 2 – 4 Wba !!!

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #33

    TEAM_WORK!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS WBA TEAM-WORK!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Wow. Calm down. Lol.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Individual can only do so much, (Eg, Ba, HBA brillant is a Bonus) he is not going to beat the Whole team that have Great teamwork.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Can we get Our Steve Clark back on Temp-Basis. (High Wages).

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Some good news.

    Sunderland look worse than us lol

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  • Hebburn Mag

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ll probably get slaughtered for this but if I was to go with the team tomorrow id go with:

    Krul

    Simpson
    Williamson
    S Taylor
    Santon

    Anita
    Tiote
    Biggi
    Sammy

    Ba
    Ranger

    The reason why ive put Ranger in there is because he has something to prove and he owes the club alot! If there is any team he should go up against its Southampton.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #39

    West Brom are probably the most entertaining team to watch.

    Never ever thought I’d say that. 🙂

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Belfast

    Sunderland seem to have exactly the same problems as us – just with less individual quality.

    What gets me is the amount of people I read last season saying we should have got O’Neill because he’d get us playing good football.

    *face palm*

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